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The Unsinkable Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania Street
Waiting for the Tour
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the famous Molly Brown House. Gathering upon the front porch, a group of thirty people awaited their anticipated tour.
When the guide arrived, she explained that we weren't allowed to take any pictures once inside since the museum, which held all media rights to the interior of the home.
Of course, this was a bit of a disappointment, but understandable. Even still, the tour itself was very interesting, and the guide was a wealth of information and personal reflection on Margaret Brown.
1340 Pennsylvania Street
As we toured each room of the house, you could almost sense the indomitable spirit of a great lady.
Everywhere you looked Molly's personality shined through, even after all these years. Original golden gilt-covered walls and Edwardian statues decorated the foyer. I found the parlor quite small, and wonder how Mrs. J.J. Brown managed to entertain in such limited space; however the library and dining room made up for that space. It was quite revealing to learn that Molly had learned to fluently speak five languages, and she was quite versed in the social issues of the day, and while learning of this I looked over the elongated dining room and tried to imagine the liberated conversations that might have taken place there.
Molly Brown Museum
Mrs JJ Brown Presents a Trophy
As we took to the stairwell, a rush of sunshine filtered through colorful stained-glass, and golden lights lit up the dark and rustic interior. It's no wonder, Molly preferred the upper bedroom corridor, and where she spent most of her time with her children and parents. Very rarely did J.J. Brown stay at the residence. It was widely rumored that he could not handle Margaret's liberal views on society, nor her free spirit.
After viewing the bedrooms, along the hallway, there were photographs dedicated to Molly's courageous experience as a passenger aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Some of the photographs included Molly standing beside the Captain of the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the Titanic, and then of the rescue boat itself, half full with Molly herself among the surviving passengers.
Actress Kathy Bates as Molly Brown
After Molly's death, the house fell into near ruin. Over the years, the home was a boarding house for men, and a home for troubled girls.
In 1970, the home was about to be demolished to make room for a parking area; however, a small group of wealthy citizens got together and saved the home from ruin.
Today the home stands almost as regal as it had in the past when Molly Brown reigned Queen of Denver society.
Historian Patricia Nelson Limerick on Margaret Brown
- Molly Brown | Learn | About Molly Brown
- Molly Brown Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com
- Molly Brown (Margaret Tobin) : Titanic Survivor Biography
Molly Brown (Margaret Tobin) helped load others into lifeboats and herself board lifeboat six. She and the other women worked together to row, keep spirits up, and dispel the gloom...
Was the Captain of the Titanic truly the only person to blame for the sinking of the ill-fated luxury liner?
Margaret (Molly) Brown is best known for her bravery and compassion during the tragic sinking of the Titanic, which catapulted her to international fame virtually overnight. But few people are aware that she was also an outspoken suffragist, a tireless champion of miners’ rights, and one of the first women to run for the U.S. Congress. Raised in a working-class Mississippi River town, Margaret—who was never called Molly in her lifetime—followed her brother to a rough-and-tumble Colorado boomtown at a time when few women dared to settle in the then untamed West. She married a silver miner who eventually struck it rich, and she used her new wealth and social prominence to further her own education and to fight for the rights of others, regardless of their race or religious beliefs. This vivid account of Margaret Brown’s remarkable life from well-regarded author Elaine Landau shows how much a strong woman could accomplish, even at a time when few opportunities were available. Archival photographs and excerpts from early-twentieth-century newspapers and Brown family letters provide a clear picture of this forward-looking, energetic individual and the society that she strove to reform.
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